A few years ago, Sandoval had the opportunity to create a mural to empower the young women in the community. The Assata Shakur Freedom Fighter Mural featuring Assata Shakur, a famous African-American feminist writer. Kristy used the quote: “A Womyn’s Place is in the Struggle” from Shakur’s book on the mural, spelling woman with a “Y” so there is no “man” according to Kristy. “Womyn can stand on their own and don’t need a man as a part of their identity."
More than twenty local women helped put the painting together and the community started taking note. This is how the HOODsisters emerged. While painting, someone simply asked if they were a crew and they thought, “We should be!” The HOODsisters are compiled of diverse women, from teachers to architects. HOODsisters stands for Honoring our Origins, Ourselves, and Dreams.